The unpleasant fact of the matter is that liberals have always worked harder at politics than conservatives. Some on the right like to joke that going to work actually takes a lot of time out of the average day. That, while a bit too clever, does hit on an economic kernel of truth.
If you’re deriving your income — or a substantial subsidy — from government, chances are you’re going to organize around a movement that keeps the checks coming. If, on the other hand, what it takes to fund these various programs takes only a portion of your annual revenue, you’re probably less likely to be as motivated.
So notwithstanding that top marginal tax rates approach 50 percent when you add up all the components of the modern welfare state, what the next conservative revolution needs is a potent dose of philosophical incentive.
Enter Ron Paul and the libertarians.
In last weekend’s state convention, Ron Paul was awarded 12 of the 13 delegate slots, with U.S. Michele Bachmann — who has endorsed Mitt Romney — getting the other when one Paul delegate stepped aside.
Consequently, more than a few establishment Republicans are aghast that the Paulites have outorganized, outhustled and outworked their entitled brethren in the GOP.
As published in the Star Tribune 27 May 2012.